You do not have to be unwell to benefit from the effects of reflexology. It is a powerful, non-invasive complementary therapy that can make you feel totally relaxed, rejuvenated and re-balanced. Reflexology can help you to become focused, energised and able to cope with the constant demands of modern living. Lots of people have reflexology on a regular basis long after the initial health concerns have been resolved, just because they love it and it makes them feel wonderful.
Frequently asked questions
No, reflexologists do not prescribe, diagnose or adjust your medications. Only your registered GP or health professional can diagnose. Reflexology acts as a complementary therapy, intended for use alongside conventional medicine and not as a replacement to it.
No, but it can be uncomfortable, tender or sore at times. Although there may be some sensitivity or slight discomfort in places, this is usually fleeting and is an indication of congestion or imbalance in a corresponding part of the body. I will take time to work this reflex until it becomes normalised. It is important that you let me know so that I can adjust my pressure and work within your comfort zone. Generally people describe any areas of tenderness as a ‘good pain’ which is both bearable and beneficial. The reflexology routine includes lots of very pleasant, relaxing techniques that far outweigh any discomfort.
No, it shouldn't tickle. I use quite a firm therapeutic pressure to support and work on your feet.
Some private health insurance plans will pay for Reflexology treatments if the Reflexologist is registered with the AOR. Every health insurance plan offers varying contributions to the treatments so please refer to your policy for details.
Reflexology is now covered under the following cash plans:
• BUPA Additional Health Cash Plan
• Health Shield
Everyone is different. Following a treatment some clients feel thoroughly relaxed whilst others feel energised and invigorated. You will probably experience a sense of calm and a great feeling of well being, as stress and tension are relieved and blood and nerve supply is improved. Many clients sleep very well at night following a treatment.
As reflexology activates the body’s own healing power to cleanse the body of toxins, in some cases a reaction occurs. Such a reaction is referred to as a ‘healing crisis’, but is really a cleansing process and the most common reactions related to the cleansing of toxins are:
• Increased bladder or bowel activity
• Headache or fuzzy head
• Light headed or nauseous
• Excessive perspiration
• Emotional ups and downs.
These reactions are transitory and should last no longer than one or two days. These should be seen as positive reactions to treatments, as the body begins to take control of the healing process and rids itself of toxins.
To gain the maximum benefit from your treatment for the next few days you are advised to:
• Drink lots of water as this will help hydrate the body, flush out toxins and improve energy levels.
• Avoid stimulants such as tea, coffee and alcohol.
• Rest as much as possible and try to eat lighter meals.
Yes, I hold a valid insurance certificate to practice reflexology. Please ask if you would like to see evidence of qualifications, professional memberships, and insurance prior to receiving treatment.
As the effects of reflexology are cumulative, a course of treatments will usually be necessary for you to get the best results. The total number of sessions will depend on your individual circumstances and why you are having reflexology. People respond differently to treatment and some conditions require more time to achieve results than others. Some clients come weekly, fortnightly and some monthly.
If you are having reflexology purely for relaxation purposes, you may have a treatment as often as you wish.
Research studies in the U.S. and around the world indicate positive benefits for various conditions. In particular, there are several well-designed studies, funded by the National Cancer Institute and the National Institutes of Health that indicate reflexology's promise an an intervention to reduce pain and enhance relaxation, sleep, and the reduction of psychological symptoms, such as anxiety and depression. To read the full article please click on link below.